Olivia Gordon is a journalist and the author of The First Breath, a medical memoir about the pioneering fetal and neonatal medicine bringing a new generation into the world – a generation of babies without precedent, who would not have lived if they had been born only a few decades ago. From the dawn of fetal medicine to neonatal surgery and the exploding field of perinatal genetics, The First Breath tells of fear, bravery and love. Olivia takes the reader behind the closed doors of the fetal and neonatal intensive care units, resuscitation rooms and operating theatres at some of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, unveiling the untold story of how doctors save the sickest babies.
Olivia has written for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Red, Psychologies, The Pool, Broadly and more. She was twenty-nine weeks pregnant with her first child when a scan found that he was critically ill. Thanks to a risky operation in utero and five months in neonatal care, her son survived. Olivia’s experiences have made her passionate about the mental health of mothers of NICU babies, and raising awareness of the developmental challenges of children who begin their lives with months in hospital.
The First Breath: How Modern Medicine Saves The Most Fragile Lives is published by Bluebird on 13 June 2019.